City News

Entries for July 2012

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The Statesville Police Department is going back to basics for this year’s National Night Out, with the first of a two-part event taking place next Tuesday, August 7, between 5-9 pm. Volunteers accompanied by Statesville Police Officers will go door to door in certain areas throughout the City to meet residents, tell them about police-related community programs, and increase community support and participation in local neighborhood watch efforts.

Areas to be visited include the communities near Forest Hollow Drive, Phillips Landing, Beechwood/Earlwood Drive, Martha’s Ridge, North Mulberry/East Turner Streets, and Macon Drive/Chestnut Street.

The Police Department is also working with existing neighborhood watch groups to strengthen their programs and encourage the recruitment and active participation of new members.

All Statesville residents are encouraged to turn their outdoor lights on next Tuesday night as a show of unity against crime & violence.

Then, on Thursday, October 11, from 6-8 p.m., the Statesville Police Department will partner with the City’s active neighborhood watch group in a follow-up celebration called, “Statesville’s Night Out Against Crime & Violence”. Neighborhood block parties are being planned to give residents an opportunity to meet officers and city officials. Food, youth activities, and door prizes will also be available.

National Night Out is a nation-wide campaign involving citizens, law enforcement, civic groups, government officials, and neighborhood organizations designed to: heighten crime & drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime initiatives; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable way to promote neighborhood unity. Neighborhood watch groups are proven to reduce crime and prevent crime from re-occurring.

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Posted on the website is the information presented at the July 12 public input meeting

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The City of Statesville Finance office is warning utility customers about an on-line utility bill payment SCAM that is spreading across the country.

Using fliers, text messages, E-mails and phone calls, scammers are convincing victims that a special federal government assistance program is now available to help pay utility bills. No such program exists! The victims are given bank routing and account numbers to use to make on-line payments after they 'Register' by giving the scammers their Social Security Numbers and other key personal information.

This particular scam is spreading so quickly because it seems to work, the bank routing and account numbers are valid and payments are processed and initially credited to the victims, who receive payment confirmation notices.
When the settlement process between the banks that are involved takes place, the scam is discovered and the payments are invalidated, thus causing problems for the consumer and the utility.

If you have any questions, please call 704-878-3564.

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Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
704-878-3586
email Nancy